Chief Ocean Scientist of DeepGreen Metals and former Chief Ocean Scientist for Conservation International
Globally celebrated marine scientist Dr. Greg Stone knew the sea was his future from the time he was a boy in Boston. 12,000 dives later, he has explored every ocean top-to-bottom, from tropical reefs to submarine mountains and frozen Antarctic seas. Thousands of hours of research investigation using SCUBA, underwater habitats, deep dives to 18,000 feet in research submarines and seaﬂoor probes with robotic vehicles give him unparalleled knowledge of the ocean and its life.
With outstanding ability to communicate ocean science and natural history Greg has published hundreds of scientiﬁc and popular articles, four books, documentaries for Discovery and National Geographic, a TED talk, Davos lecture, and numerous radio and television appearances. His book ‘Ice Island: Expedition to Antarctica’s Largest Iceberg’ won the National Outdoor Book Award.
Greg targets his research and thought leadership toward ﬁnding ways for humans to use the oceans sustainably. He is an authority on ocean preserves and architect, in partnership with the government of Kiribati, Conservation International and the New England Aquarium, of the world’s ﬁrst large open-ocean protected area, the Phoenix Islands Protected Area (PIPA). PIPA, now the largest UNESCO World Heritage Site, protects the pristine corals, reef ﬁshes, sharks, manta rays, turtles, tuna stocks and oceandependent human communities in an area more than the size of California (400,000km2).
Greg co-founded the Ocean Health Index, the ﬁrst global open-science system for measuring how sustainably humans are using the ocean in every country and on the high seas. His most recent book, ‘Soul of the Sea in the Age of Algorithm’ (2017) proposes revolutionary tools and ﬁnancial models for ocean management as a guide for sustaining human and ocean health into the future.
Honors to Greg include National Geographic Hero, Explorers Club National Fellow, Peter Benchley Award for Ocean Solutions, John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, Pew Fellow for Marine Conservation, Boston Sea Rover’s Diver of the Year, Order of Kiribati Medal, the U.S National Science Foundation/Navy Antarctic Service Medal, and National Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences NOGI award, called by fellow awardee, James Cameron, the ‘Oscar of the Oceans.’
Greg currently serves as Chief Ocean Scientist for Deep Green Resources, where he is responsible for ﬁnding sustainable ways to extract metal-rich nodules from the seaﬂoor of the Clipperton Fracture Zone to provide minerals needed for the global transition to renewable energy. He is also co-Founder and Chair of the non-proﬁt Pole to Pole Conservation, which focuses on ocean conservation, Indigenous rights communications, and climate adaptation. His past positions include EVP-Chief Ocean Scientist and chief scientist for Conservation International, one of the largest NGOs in the world; Senior Science Advisor to the UN Special Envoy for Oceans; Oceans Council Chair for the World Economic Forum; Senior VP for New England Aquarium; and an Underwater Research Scientist with top secret clearance for the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He speaks Japanese and plays the piano.